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A bill aimed at overhauling how Kentucky public school teachers are evaluated is headed to the House floor. Kevin Willis has our report.

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A vote on legislation that would allow charter schools may finally have it’s day in the Kentucky state House education committee.

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins says he’s considering allowing a charter school bill to receive a hearing and a vote in his committee this session. That’s been unheard of since Rollins assumed the chair of that committee.

Rollins makes no guarantee he’ll bring up a charter school bill, but says if there’s legislation out there he can deal with, a vote could happen.

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While Senate President David Williams and other GOP state lawmakers have expressed criticism of the Governor's expanded gambling plans, at least one Senate Republican says he'll help Beshear. Kevin Willis has this story about Scott County Senator Damon Thayer.

Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Political Science Professor Scott Lasley dropped by our studios to talk about Rick Perry's entrance into the GOP Presidential primary and the Kentucky Governor's race. Scott says Perry has been a prolific fundraiser in Texas, but election finance rules there are much different than those on the national level.

Owensboro, Ky – Wendell Hampton Ford surely stands as one of Kentucky's most consequential politicians of the 20th century. The Owensboro native represented Kentucky for 24 years in the US Senate after serving as Governor. Kevin Willis recently visited Senator Ford at his office at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, which houses the Wendell Ford Government Center. Ford discussed a life in politics, as well as his thoughts on the current state of political affairs.

Bowling Green, Ky – The decision to cancel an upcoming Presidential runoff election in Afghanistan still leaves some tough decisions for US leaders as they try to deal with political turmoil and violence there. WKU Political Science Professor Soleimon Kiasatpour says there are no easy answers for America's political and military leaders. He spoke with our Dan Modlin.

Radcliff, Ky – First Lady Laura Bush came to Hardin County to speak on behalf of 2nd District Congressman Ron Lewis. Republicans hope the visit by Mrs. Bush will increase GOP turnout in the area next Tuesday. Kevin Willis was at the Radcliff event, and has this report.

Nashville, TN – Saddam Hussein is standing trial for the gassing deaths of thousands of Kurdish civilians in the late 1980s. In Nashville, this country's largest Kurdish community is hoping the ex-dictator finally sees justice for the genocide. We hear from Tahir Hussein, head of the Nashville Kurdish Forum. This is taken from a 2005 award-winning documentary called "Saddam On Trial", produced by Western's Public Radio.

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